Tag: military

Breaking: China Has Just Joined Russia

China has joined Russia in endorsing the massive U.N. Sanctions bill against North Korea.


Axios.com reported: “After a month of deliberations and negotiations, the [U.N.] Security Council on Saturday unanimously passed a resolution that would slash about $1 billion off North Korea’s annual foreign revenue,” the Wall Street Journal’s Farnaz Fassihi reports:

“China and Russia … ultimately endorsed the resolution, saying the rogue nation’s recent provocations were unacceptable.”

“U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley … personally thanked China for helping move the resolution.”

“The U.S., which had drafted and put forward the resolution, negotiated for more than a month with China.”

“[R]esolution steps up trade restrictions with Pyongyang by aiming to cut off a third of its $3 billion annual export revenue … bans countries from … new joint ventures with Pyongyang.”
Be smart: This looks like a big, unforeseen win for Trump. Stanford’s Michael McFaul‏ — U.S. ambassador to Russia under Obama, and a persistent and influential Trump critic — tweeted: “This vote is a genuine foreign policy achievement. … Well done Ambassador @nikkihaley.”

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House Votes 344 To 81 To Give Troops a Largest Pay Increase In 8 Years

Great news! More proof that Republicans controlling the majority is great for the military. President Trump really does care. This bill with exceed what the President asked for.

politico.com reported the House passed on Friday a sweeping $696 billion defense policy bill that would exceed President Donald Trump’s budget request and break through longstanding caps on national defense spending.

The fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act H.R. 2810 (115) was approved 344 to 81, gaining the support of 117 Democrats and all but eight Republicans.

The bill would exceed the president’s $603 billion defense budget request. But it also would blow past the $549 billion cap on defense spending set under the 2011 Budget Control Act by about $72 billion. For the funding scheme to work, lawmakers would need to strike a deal to increase or repeal the budget caps.

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House Rejects Ban Attempt On Obama-era Practice Of Requiring Pentagon To Pay For Transgender Surgeries

Footing the bill for transgenders could cost the military up to $1.3 billion over the next ten years. Check out this article from apnews.com.

From WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House narrowly rejected a measure on Thursday that sought to strike an Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy.

Democrats described the proposal as bigoted, unconstitutional and cowardly and they won support from 24 GOP lawmakers to scuttle the amendment to the annual defense policy bill, 214-209.

The amendment crafted by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., would have forbid money from being spent by the military’s health care system for medical treatment related to gender transition. Hartzler portrayed her proposal as a good government plan aimed at assuring military dollars are spent only on critical national defense needs.

Hartzler estimated transition surgeries, which she said most private insurance plans don’t even cover, could cost the military $1.3 billion over the next 10 years. Troops who have the surgery require months of recovery, she added, which means they’re unavailable to do their jobs.

“It makes no sense to create soldiers who are unable to fight and win our nation’s wars,” Hartzler said.

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called the amendment an attack on the health and dignity of thousands of U.S. service members, and Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, said Hartzler intended to “politically denigrate” transgender troops.

“Let us not sink to that level,” Hoyer said.

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said people should decide what sex they are before signing up.

“Figure out whether you’re man or a woman before you join,” Hunter said. “U.S. taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill.”

The close vote nonetheless underscored the zeal with which a number of Republicans are seizing opportunities to reverse what they cast as President Barack Obama’s social engineering of the armed forces. Transgender service members have been able to serve openly in the military since last year, when former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban.

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